Wallace Travel Guide

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    View of part of downtown area
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    City Hall, now a fire hall
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Wallace Things to Do

  • Explore on Foot

    A leisurely walk around town is a great way to take in many of the incredible historic buildings that can be found in Wallace. We spent an afternoon wandering through the downtown area, looking at buildings and shopping.

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  • Old Mission at Cataldo

    This really isn't located within Wallace, but rather is a very few miles west near the small town of Cataldo, ID. But, it's a must see building as it is the oldest existing building in Idaho. The Old Mission is described in detail on my Cataldo page, which is entirely devoted to the Mission and surrounding grounds, and has more than 50 images, but...

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  • Miscellaneous Architectural Details in...

    Here are a variety of other images of great architectural details and whole buildings in Wallace. It's a great place to visit.

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  • Birdhouses on High Street

    Along High Street, there are several homes of architectural interest, but the more interesting home is the one with lots of birdhouses in its yard.

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  • St. Alphonsus Church

    The 1926 red brick St. Alphonsus Church is but one of several Catholic buildings in town. There's also a home for nuns and other parish buildings.

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  • Walk along King Street

    Take Bank street to High street, and then continue across a small bridge to King Street. This neighborhood has plenty of homes in need of some TLC, but there are also several restored gems. These homes are mostly early 20th century. King Street continues as an access route to another town, but this road is only open in summer. In winter, King...

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  • Visit Inside a Pine Street Residence

    Several modest looking homes along Pine Street are among the oldest homes in town, once owned by prominent mine owners. An owner invited me to visit inside hers, and she proudly told me how her home had once hosted President Teddy Roosevelt during his visit to Wallace.

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  • Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

    This congregation's original church at this site was an 1889 wooden structure built on the site purchased from Wallace. The current buidling was designed by prominent local architect, Kirtland K. Cutter, and is of the English Country Style with protructing burnt brick. The main building was completed in 1910.

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  • Residential Walk Along Cedar Street

    Cedar Street has the largest collection of outstanding late 19th and early 20th century residential architecture. Homes of businessmen, attorneys, and politicians are numerous here. Most all of these homes have been maintained, if not fully restored.

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  • Walk Along Bank Street

    The most striking collection of commercial buildings of historic and architectural interest are located along Bank Street, which is also part of the Business I-90 route through town. The 1890 Rossi Insurance Building, at 602 Bank Street, with its pressed metal turret stands out as the most striking. Interestingly, this building was built for the...

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  • Take a Guided Tour

    This restored old red tram takes tourists for a tour of Wallace. It departs from downtown every 30 minutes.The tour offers a narrated commentary about the buildings and history of the town. It's a great way to learn more about the town's history.

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  • Brothels and Bars

    As with any mining town in the 1800's, Wallace was predominantly a men's town in the early years, and businesses that "served" men's interests naturally sprang up quickly. At one time Wallace reportedly was home to 12 bars and 12 brothels.One of the "quirks" of the town was that the brothels somehow managed to survive (and thrive, I'm sure!) until...

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  • Sierra Silver Mine Tour

    The Sierra Siver Mine Tour was a must-see for us. Coming from a coal-mining region in Belgium, we feel somewhat related to the mining communities in the Northwest. Just like the sierre silver mine, the coal mines are closed now. The tour starts from the ticket office in downtown Wallace, a trolley males a narrated tour through Wallace and...

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  • Oasis Bordello Museum

    The museum was built in 1895 as a hotel and saloon, it is one of the few buildings in Wallace that survived the 1910 forest fire. Wallace had five bordellos, the Oasis closed in 1975. The museum wasn't open when we were in Wallace, so I can't tell you if it is interesting or yet another tourist trap.

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  • The Wallace Railroad museum

    The small castle is the Wallace railroad depot. It houses a railroad museum that pictures a station around the end of the 19th century. The bricks that were used to build the depot were used as ballast on ships returning from China. In 1986 the building was in the way of Interstate I-90 and had to be moved 200 feet to its current location. The I-90...

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Wallace Restaurants

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    by 10eke Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Historic Jameson Hotel/Restaurant
    The Wallace bar and billiard hall opened in 1889, and the Jameson, as it is now called, is one of the typical Wallace establishments.
    The restaurant offers great food, you can chat with the chef while he cooks your food. Friendly guy and a great cook! If you pass by Wallace on the I-90 this is the place to stop, relax and enjoy a hearty meal.

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Wallace Transportation

  • I-90 Overhead

    I-90 was built over Wallace because the valley is simply too narrow for construction of a freeway past Wallace at ground level. The town fought and beat the freeway builders when the entire town was designated a Historic Landmark. So, at great expense, the freeway was built overhead as shown in these images. Trucks and motorhomes should take...

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  • Snowmobiling within Wallace

    Most streets in town are snowplowed regularly, and so snowmobiling is impractical. But, there are posted signs either permitting snowmobiles or forbiddening them. If you are in Wallace during winter, watch of snowmobiles.

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Wallace Off The Beaten Path

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    by JessieLang Written Sep 14, 2009

    Take local route 456 to Murray, ID (pop. 59) and have lunch at the Sprag Pole Inn. (A sprag pole is one that props something up.) It has good food, and a funky museum next door with an odd assortment of almost anything old.

    The restaurant menus had information about the history of Murray, and we discovered that the local cemetery had some notable graves—Molly b’Damn and “Terrible Edith.” Molly was a Madam but she nursed sick miners during an epidemic, and died as a result. Edith, on the other hand, got her nickname because she was just plain mean to everyone.

    Located 30 miles east of the Kingston exit off Interstate 90.

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